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Prices revealed for new Hilux

New Hilux edges into luxury-SUV territory in styling and price.

The new Toyota Hilux is edging close to luxury-SUV territory.

NZ Car of the Year countdown starts

The 10 shortlisted vehicles for New Zealand Car of the Year.

Motoring experts have selected the best 10 cars of the year, working towards just one winner.

Car versus crossover

Subaru's Impreza and XV are two versions of the same car.

Subaru has turned the Impreza from car into crossover and achieved remarkable results.

Utes that think they're cars

Flagship Ranger Wildtrak is now even more of an SUV-substitute.

Pickup trucks are getting the performance, equipment and quality of mainstream cars. Here are five of the best.

Hyundai clicks with CarPlay

CarPlay integrates the user's iPhone with the vehicle's own information and entertainment system.

Korean brand will be the first to bring Apple CarPlay to New Zealand.

Let's stop talking about SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLA is a hatchback on very low stilts.

When something becomes useless, you get rid of it. Time to dispense with the SUV acronym then, argues David Linklater.

Tesla's insane ride video

Ian Wickham with his 2015 Tesla Model S P85D battery power car.

Ian Wickham is Taranaki's first owner of the American Tesla Model S P85D sportscar.

BMW X3 powers up

BMW X3 xDrive 35d comes dressed in M Sport kit as standard.

The mid-sized X3 has gone big on performance with the addition of the powerful 35d engine.

Mercedes bends genres

Mercedes GLE coupe in flagship AMG 63 S guise.

Mercedes-Benz to BMW: thanks for the idea, but we reckon we can do better. Andrew MacLean drives the new GLE coupe.

BMW rules out ute

BMW has no plans to sell a ute, though it once produced an M3 ute as an April Fool's gag.

BMW is unlikely to rush into following Mercedes-Benz to market with a luxury pick-up ute.

Ranger grills ute rivals

Flagship Ranger Wildtrak now even more of an SUV-substitute.

Ford's Ranger is keeping the heat on Hilux with new styling and sophisticated driver aids.

Mercedes cheaper than Mazda

Mercedes-Benz's smallest model, the A-class.

What does luxury really mean? If it's the same thing as exclusivity, then the car industry is in a lot of trouble.

$24,000 pedal car unveiled

Land Rover's Defender pedal car Concept.

Land Rover has unveiled a pedal car that will be beyond the budget of most parents.

Dream car for surfers gallery

French brand has revealed the ultimate surfers car with its Cactus M beach buggy concept.

Citroen has unveiled its interpretation of the ultimate car for surfers and beach bums.

NZ ute wars: Navara v Triton v Amarok

Navara v Triton v Amarok - top grade utes face off

We trial two newcomers to the ute market in the Nissan Navara and the Mitsubishi Triton with the VW Amarok along as the refinement yardstick.

Bullet-proof luxury gallery video

The new Range Rover Sentinel.

It looks like a normal Range Rover but in reality it is a "luxurious all-terrain fortress' that could have come from the fictional "Q Branch" of James Bond fame.

Bentley reveals the ultimate SUV gallery

Bentley's uber luxurious SUV, the Bentayga.

At last, Bentley has revealed its "fastest, most powerful, most luxurious, most exclusive" - meaning expensive - "SUV in the world."

Jeep Wrangler ute predicted

Jeep unveiled the Red Rock Responder concept earlier this year which hints at a Wrangler ute.

Long-awaited American pick-up is set to enter production.

Audi hots up quick SUV gallery

The Audi SQ5 TDI plus.

Performance tweaks give Audi's diesel-powered Q5 flagship SUV genuine sportscar pace.

Suzuki Vitara is back

The new Suzuki Vitara with styling cues that hark back to the previous models last seen 15 years ago.

After being off the New Zealand scene for 16 years, the Suzuki Vitara is back.

BMW plots ultra-luxury SUV

BMW will extend its SUV range with a larger X7, with a flagship luxury model to rival Bentley, Mercedes-Maybach and Rolls-Royce.

German brand set to create uber off-roader to rival Bentley, Maybach and Rolls-Royce

Honda HR-V jazzes up cross-overs

The base model HR-V can be spotted by way of its plain 16-inch alloy rims and lack of roofrails. Still looks sharp, we reckon.

Spacious Honda newcomer is brilliant in some areas, less so in others.

Four-wheel-drivers dish up the dirt gallery video

Four wheel driver making the most of the Mosh Pit on Saturday at Woodhill Forest.

A health and safety snag cancels mud-lovers' 4x4 competition but they still manage to dish up the dirt on a fun day.

Working hard for the money

It's always worked hard for the money, but the new Navara NP300 does the business better than ever.

Nissan gets down to business with its new Navara NP300.

A new world of Discovery

New Land Rover Discovery Sport - it's up for it.

Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport - think of this as Disco-lite.

Audi almost a self-driver

The new second-generation Audi Q7, just launched in New Zealand.

Audi has just launched its latest-generation Q7 SUV, with its importer claiming it is the closest yet to a self-driving vehicle.

Kia reveals new look Sportage

The new Sportage's face has had a significant redesign.

Korean brand showcases sharp new style for mid-sized SUV.

Sorento - for town and country

New Sorento brings heightened levels of quality and refinement, as well as more space, improved dynamics and better looks.

The new and much improved Sorento is a versatile rig that is fit for both town and country. So is there anything awry with it?

New engine to boost Prado

The facelifted Toyota Prado.

Shhhh - don't yell it to the rooftops, but one of Toyota's most popular SUVs has gone all whisper-quiet.

Thailand X Rated

BMW's xDrive line up tackles Northern Thailand.

We were invited along to drive the range of BMW X machines in Asia recently, to experience their abilities and take in a few sights.

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